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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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1,100 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,100
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 152
Gots: 120 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007)
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Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this at the May Freetail bottle release.

The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is classic double IPA. I get a lot of orange and resiny pine notes from the hops with a little bit of malt mixed in.

The flavor is more of the same. There is a little bit of toffee in the flavor, but what dominates is a spicy hop profile. I get a lot of pine resin as well as a little bit of orange citrus. The bitterness is low to medium and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. The beer is very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, a souvenir from a trip through Idaho earlier this summer.

This beer pours a hazy, sediment-suspended medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, rocky pale beige head, with settles slowly, showing off a nice consistent webbed pattern of lace for its efforts. The aroma is one of pine oil and citrus peel, so familiar, over a decent, if unassertive, supporting caramel malt, and echo of soft booziness. The taste is citrus, pine, and herbal hops, over the same less than thrilling, somewhat caramel, somewhat bready maltiness. For the 8 point 8 points of ABV, they sure don't assert themselves much. The carbonation is a bit less than the expected average zing, which result in an adequately smooth, and airily creamy body, the loitering hops not really interfering with this notion. It finishes off-dry, to be sure, though not overy so, the latent malt doing a fairly bang-up job of countering the weakening hoppiness.

A fairly enjoyable brew, with more IPA tendencies, than those of a DIPA, which I suppose speaks well of the whole affair, given that little of the quite elevated ABV shines through. If you can ignore the minor herbal character, this an enjoyable enough big-ass IPA - drink at will, especially with the friendly grocery-store pricing.

biboergosum, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of vande
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a bottle colored deep golden bronze with a 2 finger layer of head floatin on top....leaving nice laced rings along the pint glass as it disappears...

S: Hops... Citrus hops and bready malt braided together ... Very appealing.

T: Like the smell, there's the tropical citrus fruit presence, yet balanced out nicely with the malt back-bone too..

M: Smooth, appeasing kind a creamy... not too heavy and not light, good viscosity... slightly bitter and dry at the back...

O: Love it

vande, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of kflorence
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden, amber orange in color with a nice inch thick, creamy head that lasts for a long time and leaves lacing around the glass. Carbonation levels look good.

S: The malts in this one are actually quite prominent; a nice mixture of citrus hops, barley and toasty, breaded malts. Maybe a little spice, and a hint of pine.

T: Follows the nose well. Quite balanced for a double IPA. Bitter, citrus hops and toasty, breaded malts blend together pretty well up front, followed by a bittering hop flavor and finishing crisp and dry with a lingering citrus hop character. I'm a sucker for a good citrusy IPA and this one hit the spot.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation, a bit of oil, a good amount of substance and a bit of chewiness. This one goes down smooth and easy and remains very drinkable for a double IPA at higher ABV levels.

O: Very pleasantly surprised by this one. I expected more of a hop bomb, but this was actually very balanced and quite flavorful. It is on the heavier side substance wise, but it's still very drinkable and actually even a bit refreshing. I was pleased to find plenty of citrus hops instead of the pine variety and I will definitely be checking out other beers from this brewery, this being my introductory brew. Picked this up on a whim and glad I did! Cheers!

kflorence, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of RJLarse
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a b22 oz bottle of Tricerahops in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright gold color and is slightly hazy. Frothy white head caps the beer, and leaves a little lace on the glass.

Smell is very sweet and fruity. There is a strong citrus aroma along with a pine scent.

Taste is a malt flavor up front, sweet bread and caramel, with a sweet citrus, pink grapefruit flavor, followed by a mild bitter pine finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, light for the style, with a fairly clean finish.

Overall a very drinkable DIPA.

RJLarse, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky peach with a dense cap of off-white foam that lingered. Good head retention, lots of lacing. Grapefruit and lemon aroma, pine and caramel, oranges and stone fruits. Bitterness was strong, but not harsh, with plenty of citrus pith flavour and biscuity, cookie dough maltiness. Velvety carbonation with medium to full body. Overall, very nice and easy drinking. There are plenty of hops, but they're not overpowering.

DrJay, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into imperial pint glass.
No bottled-on date that I could find.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, and clover honey. Mmmm, mmm!

Appearance: Copper body, which is translucent from chill haze. 2 fingers of off-white thick, foamy head. Excellent, sudsy Belgian lace does not go anywhere.

Flavor: Very well-balanced up front--a skillful blend of bitterness and malt. Pineapple, some alcohol, honeylike (but not syrupy) sweetness, then a dry, but not overwhelming finish that fades--wait, then reappears for a very bitter, lingering finish. Like with the spicy heat in some foods, this one reappears with a bitter vengeance.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium-full body, and a warming, slightly peppery alcohol.

Overall: Another in-your-face DIPA! The initial, seemingly tame balance, got me hook, line, and sinker. I appreciated the drier malt profile, and know that many will appreciate the monstrous hop bitterness. Give it a shot!

mdvatab, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of MEsoJD
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/amber color with a creamy/foamy head.

S: Smells of citrus, hops, and malt. Grapefruit and mandarin stays in mind.

T: Nothing really strikes me sadly. I mentioned grapefruit and mandarin, but after tasting this, lemon comes up. I maybe desensitized, but the hops don't shine(spoiled by the stone imperial black ipa perhaps) in this for me. It's also slightly creamy/malty and sweet.

M: Smooth and medium carbonation.

O: I have to admit that I was a little disappointed. With a name like Tricerhops, I was expecting the hops to come off as bold but I found a balanced beer. Goes to show you that ibus doesn't mean anything. It's a good balanced drink but it lacks any significance.

MEsoJD, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-13-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam with a decent lacing ring. Carbonation is present with this brew. Dark copper color

S – Roasted malts and hops

T/M – Medium bodied brew that was well blended with the malt to hop ratio. Higher in the hops category.

D – Pretty tasty brew. My first one from Ninkasi and it has impressed. Medium bodied easy drinker. Not too strong in either the malt or hops department but got more hops of course. Have a slighter bitter back bone but nothing that would detour me from having this again. I will have this again and highly recommend it!

FreshmanPour77, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from my BA buddy, millerbaffoon...thanks man!

A - Pours a hazy amber orange color with a foamy, white head, sticky lacing with lots of retention on the sides of the glass and small amounts of carbonation.

S - Acidic tropical fruit rinds - oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, resinous pine, and caramel malt. The aroma is good, but not overly strong, sort of a borderline between light and moderate.

T - A little bit hebrally in the background, but mainly tropical fruit with a light caramel backbone. The fruit side is slightly acidic when it hits the tongue, sweet up front, and finishes with a moderate dose of grapefruit bitterness right before the alcohol warming in the back of the throat. I want to say there's a small trace of mint in there as well but I haven't yet been able to pinpoint the exact flavor. There is some alcohol effervescence on the back side.

M - Body is half way between medium and heavy and carbonation is gentle and smooth on the tongue.

O - This is a very well brewed Double IPA from the NW, I wish we could get this one here. Enjoyable and worth seeking out.

jzeilinger, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of hardy008
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange marmalade color with a two finger off white head. Nice tight bubbles, good retention and lacing. The aroma is floral with grapefruit, pine, and zest.

Nice combination of sweetness and bitterness, with bitterness getting the upper hand. The flavors I am picking up are grapefruit, zest, caramel malt, pine, and apricots. Nice combination of flavors to make a nice unique DIPA.

Medium to full bodied, nice carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. A very nice mouthfeel for this beer. A very nice effort from Ninkasi.

hardy008, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Sky2625
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a straight side pint glass (this review from notes taken 8/2/11).

A - Poured a tawny amber orange, with 1/2-finger off off-white medium-to-large bubble head. Great retnention, moderate lacing. Shines bright orange in the light.

S - Lemony/orangey citrus hop, with a little bit of herbiness. Hints of apple, bit of honey, and lavender.

T - Well-balanced citrus/pine hop with orange and caramel sweetness, followed by mild bitterness and notes of sage. Herby and buttery finish.

M - Creamy texture, medium body. Light carbonation tingles the tongue. A bit of warmth with biting bitterness at the back and sides of the tongue.

D - A very good beer. Great citrus/herb hop flavor, and not too bitter. Very pleasant and refreshing, though dry enough to leave you wanting more.

I'm a big fan of Tricerahops.

Sky2625, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bomber.

hazy amber, big fluffy head, nice lacing.

smell - big mix of sweet malts and hops, hops and more hops. taste - a quick hint of the caramel up front and then a citrus/pine/pepper assualt. this is one aggressive beer and always delicious.

robbrandes, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle brought back from my recent trip to Oregon. Unfortunately, no date on it (at least not that I can decipher). I may have to stop buying un-dated IPAs, as I've got no idea how close this bottle is to how it tasted when brewed.

Pours the color of honey, a medium orange amber. Fluffy white one-finger head; decent retention and good lacing.

Smells quite nice - some strong hoppy aromas, with a good malt backing. Lots of sweet fruit - pineapple and apricots. Plus a bit of pine. Nice subtle variety going on in here.

Taste doesn't have the fruity complexity of the smell. It's got a nice bready caramel malt front, which holds things together nicely until the expected wave of bitterness comes on. And the bitterness comes, but slowly, starting out low and rising to a nice crescendo. Hop-forward, for sure, but mostly in bitter. Very little fruit or floral flavors, and not much malt presence after the initial taste. Sadly, I don't get much flavor other than sweet and bitter. Finish is mostly bitter, with a fruity tingle beneath it.

Medium-bodied, slightly sticky but less so than many DIPAs. Good carbonation, lots of little bubbles lasting throughout the taste. Finish is loooong.

A decent DIPA, with strong malt and hop character. Needs more hops in the flavor though; something to bring it beyond just the bitterness.

zeledonia, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Hatzilla
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a tulip, no freshness date.

A - A rusty gold pour with a foamy one inch head.

S - Citrus hops and pine.

T - Follows the scent with citrus, pine and caramel malt. The aftertaste is citrus (grapefruit) all the way.

M - Smooth and oily with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O - A nice double IPA with a great balance between hops and malt. Both are allowed to shine in this fantastic brew.

Hatzilla, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tricerahops is a tri-coloured beer - all three of them varying shades of gold. Its base is bright yellow, its torso tarnished golden and, at its top, it is blistered enough to be considered amber. (Of course, holding it at different angles, against different strength lights, is bound to shuffle everything up and/or accentuate one tone over the other.)

If you homebrew, you know that smell that comes over the garage once you drop those hop pellets into the boil or what it smells like to clean the carboy out after it's had two weeks of dry-hopping. Cracking the crown on this bottle had the same smell which, for those who haven't made their own, is that of pungent herbals and rank, bitter citrus.

There's plenty of lemon zest and dried orange peel shavings in the flavour, enough that you'd suspect the actual fruits might have been added. But no, they have not, such is simply the mystical properties of hops. Hard water minerals trigger an almost bronze-like note that, short of becoming metallic, is washed away by yet more soapy hop character.

The alcohol pokes a few holes in the beer, but never succeeds in tearing things apart; this toasty maltiness is tightly knit enough to withhold the eight something percent (and a little warming too). It's sturdy, but designed so as not to stunt the blossom of those fruity, floral hops. Indeed, they're completely unencumbered on the finish.

Tricerahops is indeed a great beast; like the dinosaur that this cheesy (but clever) pun is based on, it has a large bony frill (toasty malts) over which hang three sharp, protruding horns (Amarillo, Centennial, Palisade hops). Fortunately I don't think we have to worry about this guy going extinct any time soon - Ninkasi is sure to be around for a long, long time.

biegaman, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of rye726
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Up for review is a 22oz bottle of Tricerahops from Ninkasi out of Oregon. Pours a cedar orange with a nice beige head. Nose has floral hosp and malts. As does the taste. Nothing too special here. Body a bit thin, but drinks well. Not bad, but lack depth.

rye726, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a white, sticky foam. Sweet, resinous hop aroma with a decent undertone of caramel malt. A bit of biscuit and caramel malt flavor that is quickly overtaken by huge, bitter, grassy hops. A lingering hop bitter finish. Medium body and somewhat light carbonation.

AaronHomoya, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a tight head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and pine hops.

Tastes of a solid hop character with a solid malt base. Hops have notes of grapefruit, pine, and a bit of tropical fruit. Malts add a bit of caramel sweetness and some toasted bread. Hops and malts are fairly balanced, but I would like to see more of both.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good price for a solid beer, but needs a little something extra to take it to the next level.

ocelot2500, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of theghost3
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a 1-finger, fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. Very little lacing.

The smell is grapefruit and tangerine with piney hops; nothing overwhelming. The flavor is pine, floral, and grapefruity hops with some biscuity malts. The hops are more apparent than the malts, but still, this is fairly balanced. There's a kind of astringent aftertaste that I did not care for. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-bodied.

Overall, this is a decent DIPA. It's not the best DIPA out there, and it's not anything extreme. Still, it's a solid DIPA, which I would love to have access to locally. That's not going to happen.

theghost3, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Doopie broke this one open last week for random night. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium-thinner looking, off-white, fluffy head with good retention. Gamboge orange in color, slightly hazy, with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a splotchy wisp leaving lace coating the sides of the glass. A wisp remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing all the way down.

SMELL: Pale malts, pine notes, and some soapy aromas. Lots of flowery hops are nice, but the soapy hop notes aren't really all that appealing.

TASTE: Pale malts, toffee notes, with lots of flowery hops and some citrus flavors as well. Much more citrus than the nose had suggested, and the soapy notes, while present, are not nearly as forthcoming. Better. A bolder and lingering aftertaste of bitter hops, flower notes, and mild citrus notes.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Somewhat light on the palate, creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Pretty solid here.

OVERALL: No better than alright. The nose was certainly not my cup of tea, as I’m not a huge fan of whatever hop produces that soapy quality, but luckily that hop was more mild in the flavor letting some enjoyable flower and citrus hop flavor come through. A decent brew, but not something that needs any special attention. Thanks again for sharing Doops.

Jeffo, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first ever in person trade (not counting freeloading of Jeffo's beers) with TheBrewViking got me this beer. Carefully wrapped it made the transatlantic journey and figured we needed to drink this fast before the hops fade turning this into a weak Barleywine.

Poured into a snifter.

Aggresive pour reveals an amber beer with a fluffy two finger foam. A little lacing on the side of the glass after the foam is gone.

The usual suspect on a West Coast IPA. Pine, citrus and hops.

Unexpected malt sweetnes upfront to make way for the hops.

A medium body slight dry finish.

I'd say a decent, not great, double IPA.
Thanks for the hook up, Brooks.

doopiedoopiedoo, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my.. 4th Ninkasi beer? So far nothing has been able to top their oatmeal stout.

Pours a slightly hazy copper that turns golden towards the edges.

Rocky white foam recedes and leaves some nice lacing.

Faintly smells of that simcoe cat urine smell, but it's not as bad as Stone beers. Floral, hoppy, cat piss.

Taste is pretty killer. Smooth, nice bitterness, great malt backbone to support this beast of a beer. Alcohol is faint, but present. Hops are piney, but incredible bready and biscuity malts are the star of this beer.

This beer lingers like an 8% ABV beer. What do you expect? I think this category is useless. Carbonation levels seem spot on.

Overall this is right up there with Ninkasi's best offerings. Not the hop bomb that most IIPAs tend to be, but the balance this beer exhibits really makes it shine. Great beer, will be seeking more out in the future.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of vtblackdog
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly cloudy, slightly orange hue. Nice head that hangs.

S - Piney hoppy aroma very nice.

T - A nice hop bite but not too biting. I really like the hop malt balance on this one.

M - A nice gentle hop bite with a medium body.

O - A very good example of a double IPA.

vtblackdog, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes on 3.24.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a bright, hazy orange with a thick, bubbly head.

S - Pine and citrus.

T - Hops/pine, citrus, and slightly like cleaning solution.

D - Pretty bitter.

O - I was a bit let down from this one. I may give it a try at a later date.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 01, 2011
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,100 ratings.